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Experience Works! Building your CV at University

Hello, and welcome to my blog post which will cover all things experience/CV building.
So it’s my final year and graduation is fast approaching, so I thought I would spend this blog post talking to you guys about life after university.

For me, I’ve already decided that I want to get a job for a year to save up for my masters (they are very expensive!) So fortunately for me, this is not my last year as a student. This really takes the pressure off me in terms of thinking about careers, jobs and all of the messy stuff that comes with that.

A lot of students I know see university as a few years putting off ‘real life’. While they are enjoying their degrees, they seem to be under the impression that university lasts for ever; but it doesn’t, and it’s really important to be equipped with a good CV when you leave.

As I detailed in my last post, I’ve held quite a lot of jobs while at uni, and I’ve also done a fair amount of volunteering too. At the moment I am currently getting involved with SHARE With Schools. This is a programme set up by the humanities department. And basically it entails humanities students going to schools in and around Cardiff; we deliver workshops and we also talk about our time at uni. While I decided a long time ago that I definitely do not have what it takes to be a teacher, it is nevertheless invaluable experience for when I start applying for jobs.

Basically, what I’m trying to convey is that it’s never too early to start thinking about jobs. And it is up to you to be proactive; no one is going to come looking for you to offer you a job, work experience, or an internship. It’s so important to be on the lookout for anything that might offer you experience. Even if it isn’t in the field of work you want to enter into after university.

So it’s about the time of year that people are starting to plan what they will be doing over the summer. Some people will have internships/placements and some will have a summer job; you don’t want to end up regretting not using your time wisely. If you put in the work now, it really benefits you in the future, and really takes the stress off job applications and interviews.

March is fast approaching, why not make it your aim to start at least thinking about what you’ll be doing with your summer?

Good luck, it’ll be worth it!

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